MILLEDGEVILLE — The North Georgia women’s basketball team battled back from an early double-digit deficit to take a one-point lead, but Georgia College rallied in the second half and held off a late run by the Lady Saints to take a 63-55 victory in the Centennial Center in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Lady Saints drop their second straight game and opening contest of a current three-game road trip, falling to 13-8 overall and 4-6 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Bobcats, now winners in six of their last seven, improve to 14-4 overall and 6-4 in league action.
The Bobcats jumped all over the Lady Saints early, getting buckets from three different players on their way to an 8-0 lead with under 16 minutes to play in the opening half.
After falling behind by double digits with 13:18 remaining, North Georgia finally found their rhythm and used a 13-2 run to take their first lead of the game at 15-14. Three-pointers sparked the run as Lindsey Moss drained a triple, followed by back-to-back long ones for Bianca O’Neal as the Lady Saints found themselves in the lead with 8:25 left in the half.
The lead would be short lived as Jessica Baker answered 45 seconds later with a three-pointer of her own to give the Bobcats the lead right back at 17-15. North Georgia forced a pair of ties over the final minutes of the half, but Georgia College closed the period on a 6-0 run to take a 30-24 advantage into intermission.